R.I.P.L. Effect (Rye India Pale Lager) - Jack's Abby Brewing
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3.2/5 rDev -19.6%
Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that is constantly propped up by a steady stream of carb bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of citrus, lemon, pine, spicy rye, apricots, earth, and a hint of bready malt. The flavor follows the aroma with an emphasis on the spiciness of the rye and the crisp dryness of the lager. Lots of hops flavor and bitterness with earthy and pine being the dominant flavors. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a bitter resinous mouthfeel. This is a well made lager, but sadly its just not my thing. I think the spice from the rye, combined with the heavy hop load, lack of yeasty esters, and very light malt backbone make this one a bit hard for me to enjoy.
10-08-2012 01:58:39 | More by johnnnniee
3.31/5 rDev -16.8%
R.I.P.L. Effect pours a hazy honey yellow with a small, creamy head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving spots of lace on the glass.
The aroma is faint. It has notes of lemon citrus, pine and toasted malt.
Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft with moderate carbonation. The flavor is very floral and piney. Some bready malt and lemon citrus are also present. There's a bit of sweetness in the background. It finishes with some rye spice. Once gone the lemon, pine and rye lingers on the palate.
The flavors don't seem balanced to me. The pine/lemon and flower flavor dominate. It could use more sweetness and a touch more bitterness for balance.
06-07-2013 23:31:18 | More by WanderingFool
3.35/5 rDev -15.8%
Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear
Smell: pineapple, rye, and citrus hops
Taste: pineapple, rye, and citrus hops
Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter middle that gets a touch less bitter towards the end, high carbonation, light bodied
Overall: A solid, citrusy, bitter beer that is a touch too dry for my tastes. Not a bad beer, but I feel the brewery makes way better if not just for mouthfeel alone. I wish the rye was a bit more pronounced.
09-26-2012 18:32:10 | More by tigg924
3.53/5 rDev -11.3%
Thanks & Maximum Respect to cartoonshop for this gem.
Pours a lite straw to honey color with an active frothy head.
Nice aroma. Piney, grass, clean hint of banana peel.
Wow! A nicely balanced lager. Hops, some malt, active in the mouth. These guys really do a delicate balancing act. What a sessionable beer!!! For hop lovers, it's got enough to pull you in, but not high in alcohol.
Mouthfeel is a little lite, perfectly appropriately for a lager. Almost creamy.
Finish, is slightly dry, piney meets a bit of wood, with a clean, lite hop trail.
10-20-2012 03:03:36 | More by 2beerdogs
3.58/5 rDev -10.1%
Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a golden hue. There is a half finger of fluffy off white head that leaves a small layer on top of the pour.
Smell: I'm getting a pale lager yeast smell with some rye spice and mild hops. Reminds me a bit of a hoppy pils.
Taste: Lots of rye here along with a nice citrus peel hop note. Just enough malt to be noticed but the hops and spice are the star. The finish is quite bitter and that overtakes the other flavors.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tons of fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This was a solid hoppy rye beer. Good balance until the finish. I'd have more if they do it again.
12-14-2012 03:06:59 | More by oline73
3.63/5 rDev -8.8%
Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz./.5 liters bottle purchased at Cambridge Wines & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a pint glass
The beer poured a hazy, dull straw yellow and was topped by a tight, bubbly, one-finger head of off-white foam. Solid retention. A significant amount of patchy lacing stuck along the glass.
The nose was rather intriguing. Peachy with notes of citrus. Grassy hops came through as well. Some lemon peel. There was a subtle, sulfury, lager-like quality initially, but this dissipated as the beer opened up. The aroma was dynamic and alternated between peachy and sweet and grassy and lemony.
Flavor-wise, the beer was surprisingly tart and dry. Lemon rind came through strong. Some sweet orange and apricot notes offset the dryness on the front end. A touch of sulfur was detectible, making the beer slightly skunky. As in the nose, however, this aspect decreased with time. The beer turned astonishingly tart and dry as the beer moved along the palate. Slightly spicy. Lemon rind notes were nearly overwhelming. Piney, resiny hops were apparent on the ultra dry, pithy and bitter finish.
The thing that impressed me most about this beer was its mouthfeel. The liquid was super creamy and pillowy soft on the palate. Medium bodied with a crisp, zippy effervescence.
Jack's Abby makes a number of fantastic beers, but this one was simply too dry, tart and astringent on the finish for me to really enjoy it.
09-26-2012 02:14:53 | More by Damian
R.I.P.L. Effect (Rye India Pale Lager) from Jack's Abby Brewing
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